Over The River ™
Over The River ™ ( OTR ) is a proposed work of art by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and OTR Corp (collectively referred to as the "applicant"). The applicant proposes to install approximately 5.9 miles of fabric panels suspended above the Arkansas River in eight select areas along a stretch of river between the towns of Salida and Canon City, Colorado. The installation would require the use of lands administered by the BLM, Colorado State Land Board (SLB), private land, lands cooperatively managed by Colorado State Parks in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, and Union Pacific Railroad rights-of-way.
Through the application process, the BLM determined an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be required in order to proceed with the proposal due to the project complexity, controversial nature of the proposal, concerns regarding public safety, and the potential for significant impacts. The applicant also made a specific request for an EIS. An EIS is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for federal government agency actions "significantly affecting the quality of the human environment."
The EIS process addresses the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the proposed project and a reasonable range of alternatives, solicit feedback from the public, and consult with agencies and organizations with jurisdiction in the project area and special expertise with respect to environmental issues.
The BLM is the lead Federal agency with the final authority to determine whether, where, when, and under what terms and conditions, a BLM land use permit would be issued to the project applicant for OTR. Through this process, the BLM intends to avoid, minimize, or mitigate for potential environmental impacts to the extent possible as required by NEPA.
The BLM released the Final EIS on July 29, 2011 and the Record of Decision was released on November 7, 2011.